[ res-ti-too-shuhn, -tyoo- ]
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  1. reparation made by giving an equivalent or compensation for loss, damage, or injury caused; indemnification.

  2. the restoration of property or rights previously taken away, conveyed, or surrendered.

  1. restoration to the former or original state or position.

  2. Physics. the return to an original physical condition, especially after elastic deformation.

Origin of restitution

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English restitucioun, from Old French restitution, restitucion, from Latin restitūtiōn- (stem of restitūtiō) “a rebuilding, restoration,” equivalent to restitūt(us) + -iōn-.See restitute, -ion

synonym study For restitution

1. See redress.

Other words for restitution

Other words from restitution

  • res·ti·tu·tive, res·ti·tu·to·ry [res-ti-too-tuh-ree, -tyoo-], /ˌrɛs tɪˈtu tə ri, -ˈtyu-/, adjective
  • non·res·ti·tu·tion, noun
  • un·res·ti·tu·tive, adjective

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How to use restitution in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for restitution


/ (ˌrɛstɪˈtjuːʃən) /

  1. the act of giving back something that has been lost or stolen

  2. law the act of compensating for loss or injury by reverting as far as possible to the position before such injury occurred

  1. the return of an object or system to its original state, esp a restoration of shape after elastic deformation

Origin of restitution

C13: from Latin rēstitūtiō, from rēstituere to rebuild, from re- + statuere to set up

Derived forms of restitution

  • restitutive or restitutory, adjective

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